With the world's population fast approaching seven billion, one of the main challenges facing the human race is how to feed its people. It's estimated that a rise in food production of at least 50% will be needed by 2030 to meet increasing food demands, against a backdrop of accelerating climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather extremes.
Lancaster University is at the forefront of research into global food security. The work being undertaking in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is contributing to improving food security for some of the world’s most vulnerable societies in more than 30 countries. The focus is not simply technological advances to increase crop yields, but also about addressing the associated economic, social and environmental factors to enable uninterrupted access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.